Remote Sabbath School Blesses Many in Alaska

May 13, 2013 | Ken Crawford

How would you operate a Sabbath School when 80 percent of your towns and villages are only accessible by air or boat in the summer?

How would you operate a Sabbath School when many church members live in these remote areas and have little contact with other Adventists?

How would you operate a Sabbath School when those members have slow and unstable Internet access and rarely get to see the church in operation?

Alaska is unique in this area, so under the original vision of Thearon Staddon, a remote Sabbath School class was developed. Members from around Alaska and even from some remote areas in the rest of the country call an 800 number and spend an hour in an interactive, audio Sabbath School class. Every Sabbath morning at 9:30 a.m. Alaska time (10:30 a.m. Pacific time), people dial the number (800-920-7487) and enter the access code (53383143#), then the warm, cheery voices of facilitators Paul Kildal from Glennallen and Richard Dennis from Red Eagle Lodge in Chistochina welcome them to Sabbath School and a lively, stimulating discussion of the week’s lesson.